Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church The Ecumenical Patriarchate – Archdiocese of America – Metropolis of Atlanta Sunday March 29, 2020 THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT Sunday of Lent: St John Climacus Liturgy of St. Basil
Hymns After the Small Entrance 1.Resurrectional Apolytikion Mode Plagal 4 Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν κατεδέξω τριήµερον, ἵνα ἡµᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡµῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι. You descended from on high, O compassionate One, and condescended to be buried for three days, so that from the passions You might set us free. Our life and resurrection, O Lord, glory be to You. 2.For the Devout Man Mode Plagal 4 Ταῖς τῶν δακρύων σου ῥοαῖς, τῆς ἐρήµου τὸ ἄγονον ἐγεώργησας, καὶ τοῖς ἐκ βάθους στεναγµοῖς, εἰς ἑκατὸν τοὺς πόνους ἐκαρποφόρησας, καὶ γέγονας φωστὴρ τῇ οἰκουµένῃ, λάµπων τοῖς θαύµασιν, Ἰωάννη Πατὴρ ἡµῶν ὅσιε, πρέσβευε Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἠµῶν. With the rivers of your tears you made the barren desert bloom; and with your sighs from deep within, you made your labors bear their fruits a hundredfold; and you became a star, illuminating the world by your miracles, O John, our devout father. Intercede with Christ our God, for the salvation of our souls. 3.Apolitikion of the Parish Church Mode Plagal 4 Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡµῶν, ὁ πανσόφους τοὺς ἁλιεῖς ἀναδείξας, καταπέµψας αὐτοῖς τὸ Πνεῦµα τὸ ἅγιον, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν τὴν οἰκουµένην σαγηνεύσας, φιλάνθρωπε, δόξα σοι. Blessed are You, O Christ our God. You made the fishermen all-wise, by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them You drew the world into Your net. O Lover of mankind, glory to You. 4.Kontakion Mode Plagal 4 (Automelon) Τῇ ὑπερµάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια, Ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια, Ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε. Ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσµάχητον, Ἐκ παντοίων µε κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον, Ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύµφη ἀνύµφευτε. O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude, Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos. Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, from all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.
Ὁ Ἀπόστολος Πρὸς Ἑβραίους Ἐπιστολῆς Παύλου τὸ ἀνάγνωσµα Εβρ 6:13-20 Ἀδελφοί, τῷ Ἀβραὰµ ἐπαγγειλάµενος ὁ Θεός, ἐπεὶ κατ' οὐδενὸς εἶχε µείζονος ὀµόσαι, ὤµοσε καθ' ἑαυτοῦ, λέγων· ἦ µὴν εὐλογῶν εὐλογήσω σε καὶ πληθύνων πληθυνῶ σε· καὶ οὕτω µακροθυµήσας ἐπέτυχε τῆς ἐπαγγελίας. Ἄνθρωποι µὲν γὰρ κατὰ τοῦ µείζονος ὀµνύουσι, καὶ πάσης αὐτοῖς ἀντιλογίας πέρας εἰς βεβαίωσιν ὁ ὅρκος· ἐν ᾧ περισσότερον βουλόµενος ὁ Θεὸς ἐπιδεῖξαι τοῖς κληρονόµοις τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τὸ ἀµετάθετον τῆς βουλῆς αὐτοῦ, ἐµεσίτευσεν ὅρκῳ, ἵνα διὰ δύο πραγµάτων ἀµεταθέτων, ἐν οἷς ἀδύνατον ψεύσασθαι Θεόν, ἰσχυρὰν παράκλησιν ἔχωµεν οἱ καταφυγόντες κρατῆσαι τῆς προκειµένης ἐλπίδος· ἣν ὡς ἄγκυραν ἔχοµεν τῆς ψυχῆς ἀσφαλῆ τε καὶ βεβαίαν καὶ εἰσερχοµένην εἰς τὸ ἐσώτερον τοῦ καταπετάσµατος, ὅπου πρόδροµος ὑπὲρ ἡµῶν εἰσῆλθεν Ἰησοῦς, κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδέκ, Ἀρχιερεὺς γενόµενος εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα. The Epistle The reading is from Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20 Brethren, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. Τὸ Εὐαγγέλιον Ἐκ τοῦ κατὰ Μᾶρκον ἁγίου Εὐαγγελίου τὸ ἀνάγνωσµα Μαρ θʹ 17 – 31 Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄνθρωπός τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ γονυπετῶν αὐτῷ καὶ λέγων· Διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν µου πρὸς σέ, ἔχοντα πνεῦµα ἄλαλον. καὶ ὅπου ἂν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ, ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ὀδόντας αὐτοῦ, καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπον τοῖς µαθηταῖς σου ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσι, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ λέγει· Ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑµᾶς ἔσοµαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξοµαι ὑµῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός µε. καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν εὐθέως τὸ πνεῦµα ἐσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων. καὶ ἐπηρώτησε τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· Πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· Παιδιόθεν. καὶ πολλάκις αὐτὸν καὶ εἰς πῦρ ἔβαλε καὶ εἰς ὕδατα, ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλ' εἴ τι δύνασαι, βοήθησον ἡµῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφ' ἡµᾶς. ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Τὸ εἰ δύνασαι πιστεῦσαι, πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι. καὶ εὐθέως κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου µετὰ δακρύων ἔλεγε· Πιστεύω, Κύριε· βοήθει µου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὅτι ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος ἐπετίµησε τῷ πνεύµατι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· Τὸ πνεῦµα τὸ ἄλαλον καὶ κωφὸν, ἐγὼ σοι ἐπιτάσσω, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ µηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν. καὶ κράξαν καὶ πολλὰ σπαράξαν αὐτόν ἐξῆλθε, καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρός, ὥστε πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν. ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς κρατήσας αὐτὸν τῆς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἰσελθόντα αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκον οἱ µαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτων αὐτόν κατ' ἰδίαν, ὅτι ἡµεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθηµεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ µὴ ἐν προσευχῇ καὶ νηστείᾳ. Καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα τις γνῷ· ἐδίδασκε γὰρ τοὺς µαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι Ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀποκτανθεὶς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡµέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται. The Gospel The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 9:17-31 At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."
We would like to express our appreciation for all the ladies who prepared and baked the delicious cookies to be given to an institution which takes care of the vulnerable in our city/community of Baton Rouge. Also, thanks to the entire community of Holy Trinity for providing the grocery (dry goods) to the same institution which we do for over six years. May God's blessings be upon all of those who cares for others! Thank you.Peace and love... Have a beautiful and peaceful rest of week… Peace, love, joy… and good health!!!... News Youth and Young Adults please visit y2am.org for more information Atlanta Strategic Plan Metropolis of Atlanta Strategic Planning Web Portal located at: http://www.atlstrategicplan.org
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